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J. R. "Digger" Smith
Bachelor of Arts - 1956 - Geology
Master of Arts - 1957 - Geology
Wyoming native "Digger" Smith attended UW on an athletic scholarship as a member of the track team. His liberal arts education at UW has contributed to making him not only outstanding in his field of oil and gas exploration and production, but also a dynamic force in the Rocky Mountains in regard to generation and promotion of natural resource products.He worked as a geologist with Chevron Oil and Forest Oil after receiving his UW graduate degree. In 1967, he moved to Houston to work as a prospect generator, and established Gulf Coast operations for Inexco Oil company. A year later, he established Inexco's Canadian operation. During this time, he served as President of Inexco Oil and Gas Funds, Ltd., Vice-President and Director of Inexco Oil, and Vice-President of Wolf Exploration. In 1971, he became Executive Vice-President of Basic Earth Science Systems, Inc., and he reorganized what was a scientific consulting company into an exploration company. He expanded its operations out of the domestic market and into several international markets, including the Persian Gulf, Indonesia, and South America, with oil, gas, and mineral production. Since 1980 he has been Chairman and CEO of Energetics, Inc., based in Englewood, CO, and a Managing Partner of Industrial Energy Partners. Smith is former president of the Domestic Petroleum Council. He has served as president of the UW Foundation Board, and is a member of the A&S Board of Visitors. In addition to his geological work, Smith is a member of the Board of Directors of Denver's National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine. An avid golfer, he has been active with American Junior Golf Association, and was Chairman of the AJCA Board of Directors. He has also been President of the Board of Glenmoor Country Club.